My Blog

My Blog

Welcome to my blog.  I cover a number of topics here, so depending on your needs and goals, some of the things I talk about may be more or less useful to you.  I try to keep everything neatly categorized, so if one topic area is particularly more useful to you, please click on the category link to see just those posts.

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My Travels

Away From Everything

Heard on the beach while watching the sun set over the ocean in Borneo. After leaving Singapore, I headed over to Borneo. Not too many people head that way, but that was actually part of why I wanted to go there. After months in Australia where I couldn’t meet any Australians, and time in Bali where it was full of drunks and the culture had been partially destroyed by tourism, I wanted to head somewhere

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My Travels

A Broken Paradise And An Awesome City

Indeed. This was real popular in Bali. Though possibly much more interesting is the next guy. How eerily similar is this to Christian music? After leaving Australia, I headed through Bali since it was on the way to everything else in Southeast Asia. I almost decided not to go because I had heard all sorts of terrible things about Bali, but lots of people assured me that so long as I stayed out of Kuta

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My Travels

Straya Mate!

So much amazing music heard in Oz, I couldn’t really narrow it down. Labrinth – Earthquake, Rudimental – Not Giving In (this is a pretty powerful song), David Guetta – She Wolf, Calvin Harris – Bounce, and Sam and the Womp – Bom Bom. Man. So like my China blog, not only did talking about Australia take a while to internalize, but then job interviews, migraines, a rapid move around the world, and getting set

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The Australia You Won’t See Anywhere Else

This is some super indie artsy music I heard in Australia to fit with this post, but if you want something a little less indie, check out this little guy, which is wildly popular outside the US and has a video that makes me laugh. Still working on my Australia post, but while I was there I was going to a lot of contemporary art museums. Turns out I have a thing for contemporary art.

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My Travels

China

The music in China was not very good in my opinion, so in breaking with normal routine, here’s some awesome music from Australia instead. This blog is incredibly late, but in a lot of ways, it took me this long to fully digest the things I had seen in China. China was actually the first country I’ve been to where I felt true culture shock at the environment I was in. There are so many

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My Travels

The Trans-Siberian

This song was *huge* while I was travelling, and this is way before it got huge in the US. If you haven’t heard Gangnam Style, you are painfully missing out. This may very well be the most popular song in all of human history already. Even the North Koreans made a spoof of this. Wow. Getting this blog up turned out to be far more difficult than I ever would have imagined possible. I had

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My Travels

Nearly Out and About Again

Heard this in Russia last November, it’s so 80’s but it’s only a year old. Love it. Well, it’s been 2.5 years since I got back from my first trip. I had always planned on leaving again, and relatively soon afterwards, but life happens, and that put me here a little longer than I expected. I’ve been very lucky that I’ve been able to learn what I have at work, and been able to have

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My Travels

In Loving Memory

(This post is a dedication to someone that helped me get to where I am right now, and the reason I talk about this now is to pass on to you the same question that changed the way I was living my life.) Some of you might remember that a few years ago, a military helicopter crashed during a training exercise off of San Clemente Island. This island is about equidistant from both Los Angeles

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My Travels

Sweet As! (Awesome!)

This song is a couple years old, and British in origin, but it was once at the top of the charts in Australia and New Zealand. A lot of the bars and clubs in Oceania have TV screens that play the video of the current music, and I loved this video. I’ve gotten into such a carefree, happy state that I can’t help but move my head to the beat of any nearby music, so

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